In an endeavour to support millions of migrant families during the COVID-19 outbreak, Responsenet, a CSR implementation organization, launches ‘SwachhGiri’ and ‘SwachhLabs’ initiative to provide solutions to health and safety problems faced by vulnerable communities. The initiative focuses on generating actionable schemes that can help overcome the problem of water, sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), education, health and livelihoods with a focus on migrant families.
Further, the initiative will help rehabilitate the migrant workers once the situation attains normalcy. This will be done by re-skilling and up-skilling the workers and providing basic amenities to the families. Through multiple collaborations, Responsenet is also developing a scheme to engage with non-formal school-going children with presently no access to education and are severely impacted by the lockdown.
Speaking on the impact of the pandemic on the livelihood of over 4o million migrants across India, Ms Angela Nar, Director, Responsenet said, “Over the past many years we have been relentlessly working with the migrant communities. However, the time calls for more stringent actions to safeguard the community especially post the lockdown. We are working with our partners to reskill and upskill migrants to help find livelihoods near them. Our ongoing skill development programs assure 70% employment for those that successfully complete the training. “
Since the first phase of lockdown, Responsenet has provided over 2.5 million ration and hygiene kits to daily wage earners and migrants from the states of New Delhi, Haryana, Assam, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Telangana, West Bengal, Daman & Diu and Punjab. The kit contains basic amenities such as Atta, Pulses, Spices, Cooking Oil, masks and Soaps which will be distributed beyond the lockdown period to ensure the well-being of migrant during the testing times.
The efforts are supported by various partners and individuals such as KFC India, Microsoft, AON, to name a few who have come forward for those grappling with limited or no access to essential items, including food, for their families.
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